November 26, 2009

Turkey Cookies

For those of you who have Thanksgiving Parties at school...these might be something fun to try! I got the idea from Puppy Cove...they are so easy! They would be fun for the kids on Thanksgiving Day...at least my kids were really excited about them! Whats nice is you can make them as easy or as difficult as you want.
You can:
make your own sugar cookie....................or get the refrigerated sugar cookie dough
make your own frosting (chocolate and vanilla).........or get the canned kind
use a pastry bag to pipe everything....................or use a ziplock baggie (I would use the pastry bag)


Turkey Cookies


1 (18 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8 oz) bag candy corn
1 (8 oz) bag miniature M&M chocolate candies
2 oz decorating gel (I used chocolate icing and made the eyes dots with toothpicks)
1 (6.5 oz) can decorating icing (chocolate and vanilla)


Cut and bake the sugar cookies as directed on the package. Cool.With the can of frosting, put some in pastry bag and pipe a line on the top of the cookie that covers about 1/4 of the cookie arc. Place 5-6 candy corn along the frosting row to make the turkey feathers.Next, put icing on the back of the M&M's and put into place. Then using a toothpick (or decorating gel), dab some frosting in the middle of the M&M's. With the vanilla frosting, (tinted orange) make a "V" for the beak - and then an upside-down "Y" for the feet.

P.S...Due to lack of time, I cheated and used the refrigerated cookie dough and the canned frosting. I am so ashamed:( It is against everything I believe in...PHEW, I feel better getting that off my chest.

November 14, 2009

Spice Bread

Hello Everyone! I just made this bread, and everytime I do I can't stop eating it! There is this yummy glaze you pour over the top of it, and let me just tell you that you can literally eat it out of the pan. It's good! So, there is a secret ingredient in this. If I hadn't eaten this first, I probably would never had made it. My mom made this for me when I was a kid and I never knew there was this ingredient in it. When she gave me the recipe...I had to look at it twice! The other night my YW were over at my house and they had some...they couldn't figure out what it was, I told them and they just laughed...So, what is the wierd ingredient??? Check it out yourself! But don't let it hinder you from making it. You should want to make it even more now because you are so curious! I promise you, it is my FAVORITE bread!


Spice Bread


2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon (I usually do close to 2 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I do close to 1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
2 (6 oz.) jars plum baby food***
1 c. chopped walnuts (opt.)

Sift dry ingredients. Make a well or hole in center of bowl, add everything else. Mix well. Pour into 2 bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or more.
***I have had a hard time finding plum baby food...so this time I used Apple Blueberry...tasted the exact same. It just gives the bread a nice rich color.

Topping:
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. margarine
1/8 tsp. soda

Mix in saucepan and bring to boil. Stir constantly. Cook for 3 minutes. When bread is doen, still in the pan, punch holes in it with a large serving fork. Pour sauce over bread and let cool. Freezes well.

So...now that you know the wierd ingredient...whose gonna try it???

October 25, 2009

Harvest Party Mix



Harvest Party Mix

11 oz. package twisted pretzels
10 1/2 oz. pkg mini peanut butter Ritz Crackers
1 c. dry roasted peanuts
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. white Karo Syrup
2 TBS vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
10 oz. pkg. plain M&M's (that's what the recipe calls for, but I think that Reeses Pieces would taste better...)
18 1/2 oz. pkg. candy corn

Combine pretzels, crackers and peanuts in a large bowl. Mix sugar, butter and Karo syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Mix will foam. Pour this over the pretzel mix, stirring until well coated. Place into a greased 15x10" baking pan. (I put foil on the bottom and sprayed it with Pam, that way it was easier to clean up!!) Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. break apart while warm; add M&M's (or Reese's Pieces) and candy corn. Cool before storing in air tight containers. Makes about 16 cups.

October 20, 2009

Candy Corn Popcorn

Ever heard of Candy Corn Popcorn? Well, let me be the first to introduce it to you! It is pretty amazing!! I am in the PTA and we made it for the kids classes for Halloween...this lady, Michelle, invented it. Once you try it, you really truly cannot stop eating it! Sorry I'm late in posting this, but hey, you can get candy corn all year round, you can make it any time you want! Thanksgiving would be good as well!
It's called Candy Corn Popcorn because the orange goo is really melted candy corn. I had no idea that stuff actually melted...here is the proof!


This is what we made for the kids classes. Caden already opened his hand, I had to wrestle it out of his hands so I could take a picture of it. But this isn't anything new, just a reminder you can do this next year!

Candy Corn Popcorn

2 c. Candy Corn
1/4 c. Karo Syrup
2 bags of popped natural pop corn**

Melt together, bring it to a boil, and drizzle it over your SALTED popped pop corn.
**If you want to use the popcorn machine, you can do that as well...you'll know how much popcorn you will need to get the right consistency. It isn't like caramel corn where it is drenched in caramel...just look at the picture!